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The Fragility Of The Professional Athlete's Dreams

Now, two days following the NBA draft when 2 UK teenagers earn 8-figure contracts and 4 more realize dreams, would seem to be a good time to visit an envisaged dream that became a nightmare of reality. Doug Glanville, himself a first-round MLB draftee and one who made it, presents in the New York Times the despairing but factual story of Brian Taylor the North Carolina high school phenom who signed with the Yankees for $1.55 million but now at age 40 faces federal drug charges. For every athlete aspiring to a professional career it should be required reading as a reminder that fate can indeed be fickle and cruel.

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